Assistant City Manager


Lee Howell serves as the Assistant City Manager for the City of Saginaw. Prior to serving as Assistant City Manager, Lee was sworn in as Chief of Police for the City of Saginaw in the Summer of 2018.

Among his duties Lee oversees the Police Department, Library Services, Information Technology, Animal Services, Public Works, and is the Project Manager of the Senior Center and Library 2021 Bond Program. 

Prior to joining the City of Saginaw, “Chief” Howell served as Chief of Police for the City of Denton, and Chief Deputy Sheriff for Denton County, where he was an active member of many community boards and initiatives including; United Way of Denton County, Children’s Advocacy Center of Denton County, Denton County Behavioral Health Leadership Team, Denton County Homeless Leadership Team, Heroes of Denton County Board, Noon Rotary Club, UNT Criminal Justice Advisory Council, and the inaugural Chairman of the Sheriff’s Civil Service Commission. Lee still serves on the Board of Directors at DATCU.

During his 41 year career in law enforcement he held assignments in Patrol, Criminal Investigations, Special Operations, Internal Affairs, Office of Professional Standards, Narcotics Unit, Administration, and 16 years as a member of the Denton Police Tactical Unit.

Lee holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of North Texas and is a graduate of the FBI National Academy, the Southwestern Law Enforcement 30th Management College, and Texas State University Certified Public Manager program.